After being swept by the Rays, the O’s look to bounce back against the M’s in this midweek series.
The Mariners have a bit of a below average lineup (except for Ichiro and Justin Smoak so far) but have somewhat been getting it done (they sport a 16-19 record). Hopefully the O’s can shut them down tonight.
Pineda has been extremely effective this season. A great compliment to Felix Hernandez, he has a great K:BB rate. Though his GB% is low, most of his fly balls are weak pop-ups which stay in the yard.
He really brings the heat with a 96 MPH fastball (average, might I add) and a 96 MPH cutter. His slider is very effective, usually coming off of his cutter or fastball. His two-seamer also has some nice break.
J.J. Hardy is finally back in the lineup after coming off his DL stint. Should be nice to have him back in the lineup.
Though Arrieta’s numbers aren’t the greatest, he is sporting a 4-1 record. He gets a good number of K’s each time he goes out on the bump and keeps the ball in the yard (for the most part).
Arrieta has a very good slider to complement his fastball/sinker. And, when he can get that curveball working, it is very good. It’s closer to a 12-6 breaker with a big hook. He’s very good when he can control all his off-speed pitches well.
Stats: UZR, WAR, ERA, FIP, xFIP, K/9 & BB/9, GB%, PitchFX